Jopenkerk Hoofddorp Distillery

Jopenkerk Hoofddorp Distillery

The Netherlands

"It is great to have the opportunity to run a business in such a beautiful building…"

Hoofdvaartkerk

This beautiful renovated Dutch reformed church was built in the 19th century and is actually the oldest church in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. It dates back to the time this land was reclaimed from water, from Haarlem’s Lake to be specific. That’s also what the name Haarlemmermeer refers to. The Hoofdvaartkerk church is located in Hoofddorp, the capital of this municipality, just fifteen minutes from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. With quite a few major hotels and smooth transport links to Amsterdam and Haarlem, Hoofddorp is a popular place to stay and a good start on your exploration of this part of the Netherlands.

Distilling

In 1999 the church, organ and rectory received the status of historical monument, but the church community decided to put the church building up for sale in 2011. Former owner Stephan Bosma bought the Hoofdvaartkerk and converted it into quite a special venue to eat and drink and that also operates its own distillery! Two years later Haarlem based craft brewery Jopen purchased the building and continued, after some restyling, the distillery, tasting room and restaurant under the name Jopenkerk Hoofddorp. The Jopen brewery is located in Brouwerij Jopenkerk, a former church in the city center of Haarlem.

Gospel Spirits

The copper kettles in this historic building are used to distill brews in a traditional matter. With the help of a master-distiller who got his training in Scotland, a line of spirits was developed with the appropriate name Gospel Spirits. Besides genever, gin and liqueur they also produce an eau-de-vie-de-bière with the name Kenau. It’s a distillate from Jopen beer with light caramel tones. Follow a centuries old Dutch tradition and combine it with a matching beer from Jopen. This tradition, originally a glass of jenever with a beer chaser, is locally better known as a ‘Kopstoot’, a Head Butt.

Drinking and dining

It’s quite a unique experience to dine or just enjoy a drink under the high church ceiling while in the large copper kettles behind the bar new spirits are being distilled. Because of its monumental status the white organ of Jopenkerk Hoofddorp is still present in its original state, just like the typical church windows. Be surprised by the atmosphere and overall experience of a church turned into a boutique-restaurant-distilery,

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